Democrats were successful in 2018 because of America’s angst about healthcare. Congresswoman Sharice Davids (D-KS) was not initially a vocal proponent of single-payer Medicare for All, but she eventually became one.
The Congresswoman has broken her promise. She must be held accountable. And it seems many of her constituents have started the process of ensuring that she is.
Sharice Davids breaks her promise on Medicare for All
The Kansas City Star reported the following.
On Tuesday, the U.S. House Rules Committee held the first public hearing on the idea, which has become a 2020 litmus test for liberals. Medicare-for-all would ensure universal coverage, but it would also eliminate current private insurance plans and cost an estimated $30-$40 trillion over 10 years.
Davids appeared open to a single-payer system as a candidate last year, but officially came out against the bill in its current form last month because it eliminates employer-based insurance.
Davids prefers public health care as an option, an idea initially pursued by President Barack Obama a decade ago but dropped from his Affordable Care Act.
“If we had the public option— if that idea were adopted— and people wanted to switch over, then they could. But I also don’t think we should be forcing people to get off the health care plan that they think is working for them,” Davids said in an interview Thursday.
”I don’t think any massive system should be trying to change things super quickly.”
Her stance reflects the challenge of representing a suburban district where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats. It makes her not only a top target for the GOP heading into 2020, but a disappointment to some supporters on the left. During her short time in office, she’s also drawn criticism from the party’s progressive wing for her opposition to the Green New Deal and her willingness to accept corporate PAC campaign donations.
Here is the video where she is supportive of Medicare for All.
Davids is using the same Right Wing talking points promoted by the likes of Centrist Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Bennet and others. These talking points are promoted by the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF), an organization formed to stop Medicare for All from coming to fruition.